Are you guilty of these follow-up techniques?

It is completely possible to mess up your chances of getting hired even AFTER you’ve gotten interviewed!

We all get excited over the prospect of a new job; and excited people are generally impatient people. And, of course, nobody likes the idea of disappearing into a crowd of interviewees in the interviewer’s mind, hence the desire to follow up on an interview. Which, in theory, is a great idea. Done right, you can provide that extra blast of charm and professionalism that says “Hire me – I am personable, self-motivated and I want that job!”

Done WRONG, however, and you can go from “friendly” to “freaky.”

Here are some examples:

Friendly: Sending your interviewer(s) an email saying “Thank you for your time” is great! This way, even if there were 20 other candidates after you, you’ll pop right back into their consciousness with extra bonus points for being appreciative and polite. This can do wonders for your chances of getting hired.

Freaky: Spamming your interviewers with a barrage of email messages is NOT COOL. Besides bordering on the illegal, spam is annoying.

Try to curb your enthusiasm, and practise deep breathing techniques for patience. If they call, celebrate! If they don’t, well then, there are plenty of other fish in the sea.

Friendly: If you were given a specific time frame within which they would contact you with a concrete yea or nay, it is more than acceptable if you contact them after the window of time has passed and you have not heard from them.

A casual-sounding (keyword: casual!) email asking after his or her health, and a short statement regarding the lapsed time frame should suffice. Keep it short, keep it sweet. They will respond!

Freaky: “YOU SAID YOU WILL REPLY,” complete with repeated phone calls. Please. No. Give them some wiggle room! Maybe they’re delayed because they’re trying to reach a difficult decision. Maybe it is down to you and another candidate.

Freaking out and baring your impatience to the most important people – at this moment, anyway – may just help them make their decision; and hint: It won’t be in your favour.

15 types of people hirers don't want to employ
  • Candidates who turn up for interviews with their mother of father are probably not mature enough to take on a job on their own.
  • People who are interested only in what benefits they can get with the job will probably not work well in a team as they are too self-centred.
  • Candidates who try and win the hirer over with guilt or pity should not waste their energy. They should spend the time showing what they can bring to the company instead of telling them how badly they need the job.
  • This interviewee shows no passion or expression when asked questions, and often responds with a blank stare when asked for any input.
  • A talkative applicant will often go off-topic and forget what the question was in the first place.
  • This candidate loses the opportunity of marketing himself because he refuses to elaborate on his experiences and thoughts.
  • Candidates who take their exaggerations too far are often exposed when hirers ask them about the achievements they claimed to have and they are unable to answer.
  • It's good to be versatile. However, interviewees who are unable to identify the job they are most suited for from the positions available leave the impression that they are not aware of their strong points and what they are interested in.
  • Candidates who strut into the interview thinking they are god's gift to the organisation will not get far. Confidence is important, but candidates should balance that with humility and politeness.
  • Unprepared candidates show up not knowing what the firm does and do not update themselves with the latest news. They also have difficulty answering hirer's questions such as 'why do you want to work here'?.
  • Sloppy candidates are just not bothered to present themselves well. Because they do not take pride in their work, they tend to make many small typing mistakes in their writing when applying for a job.
  • Interviewees who place their phones on the table and check for messages will leave a very bad impression. If they are serious about the job, they should turn off their mobile phones and put the phones away before even walking into the interview.
  • Candidates who talk badly about their previous employers will probably not be called back for another interview. Complaining about your previous employer will only make you look childish, self-centred and not trustworthy.
  • Candidates who turn up in short skirts, slippers and other sloppy or revealing outfits will not be drawing the right attention. Interviewees should be professional and dress in a respectable manner.
  • Arrogance can manifest in a variety of forms, from being late to displaying stand-offish body language. These interviewees are a turn-off for hirers, and will not be called back again.
Interview blunders hirers hate most
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  • Don't bring your mother
  • Don't bad-mouth your ex-bosses.
  • Don't talk about your coffee breaks
  • Don't be hostile
16 resume mistakes you didn't know you were making
  • Some employers don't even care about your grades because most of them are experienced enough to know that how you perform on paper might not translate to how you perform in real life. <br>Most subjects you studied in school would probably not be relevant to the execution of a job anyway. What recruiters care about is your ability to work.
  • Unless you are a fresh graduate, you should have a lot more information for your future employers to look through. While you shouldn't churn out a novel, make sure your resume shows the range of your experience and how it can apply to the position you wish to apply for.
  • Employers want to know how your experience has helped you reach achievements. Relate one to the other instead of listing them in different sections.
  • Some work experiences can be left out, especially if they are irrelevant to the job you are applying for. For instance, you can drop out the bit about working as a valet parking driver 20 years ago if you are applying for a management job in the engineering field.
  • Always target your resumes to specific jobs at specific companies. This will allow you to show your knowledge of the company, and forces you to do research on the job you are applying for.
  • More and more employers are going online to check out their job applicants. Having an online presence will increase your chances of getting noticed, especially among hirers that are looking only at online resources for information.
  • You can have an online presence for your professional career, so that hirers can check out more details of your experience or portfolio online. Always include a link to your LinkedIn profile.
  • Being completely honest in your resume will save you the embarrassment of getting found out in the future.
  • If you are submitting your resume online, saving it in word document format could be best. This allows hirers to find your resume by doing keyword searches. Words in PDF formats may not always get picked up, hence making your profile invisible to hirers.
  • A good resume may get you a job interview, but what is required to nail that job is a great interview. Make sure you are well prepared in both areas.
  • The details matter. How you present yourself to the hirer is important and you should take pride in it. Check your resume multiple times before sending it off. If possible, get someone else to help check through it too. Don't just do a computer grammar and spellcheck but go through each word manually too.
  • Whether it is online or via snail mail, having a photograph helps you connect with the hirer at a more emotional level. It shows you can present yourself well (use a proper photo), and gives the hirer an image of the person he/is is reviewing.
  • If you simply include your current and past position titles, hirers are forced to imagine what you did in your previous jobs. Always tell the hirer what your responsibilities and job scope was, instead of assuming that he/she would know what the job of 'Manager' entailed.
  • Sure, LinkedIn is getting increasingly important. However, LinkedIn is only a way to get you noticed. You still need a good resume on paper to explain more about your experiences. Perfecting your LinkedIn profile will not guarantee you a job interview, so make sure you have a good resume prepared when hirers request for one.
  • Formatting and graphics are important. While you shouldn't crowd your resume with pictures, if there is a better way of showing off your achievements through graphics, include it in your online portfolio. Also, make sure you format you resume on paper so that iti s not dull to read.
  • Give your hirers a few options of contacting you. This can be by phone, email, mail or social media. Of course, make sure you check these accounts regularly enough. If you can't keep up, just list the ones you check at least a few times a day.

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